Comments and Discussion
This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC and already registered for the Mayne Island Event.
Narrative: Launch at 8:30 am from campground, cross Active Pass and transit it with the ebb to Collinson Pt. Then paddle along the south side of Galiano Is. against a minimal ebb current to Phillimore Pt., entering Montague Harbor, paddle along the north side of Parker Island & cross to a beach within the Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park for a well- deserved lunch break. We'll return with the ebb in Trincomali Channel and enter Active Pass close in time to the Slack Before Flood.
The max currents in Active Pass will range from 3.6 to 4.6 knots, but our timing should allow us to avoid those maximums. Nonetheless, given the narrowness of the Pass, even lower currents can be powerful & result in areas of potentially turbulent water. In addition, an ever-present challenge in the Pass is the volume of ferry traffic (& other boats).
After we leave the Pass, there is only one potential take out, nearly 2nm away along Galliano's rock-wall shore. It will require a little stamina to traverse the entire 12 miles on the necessary schedule to catch the SBF into Active Pass on our return - but we will have a current assist for some portions of the trip.
Meeting Time: 8:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 8:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Beach at Event campground
Take out: Beach at Event Campground
Route Alternative for bad weather: N/A
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit (Dry suit recommended)
Primary Organizer: Stuart Teicher
Assistant Organizer(s): Marty Martinez, Coco Wells
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: Stuart Teicher
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: low - mid 60's
Estimated Water Temperature: low 50's
Estimated Water Time: 5 - 6 hrs.
Tide times & heights: Based on Village Bay: High 5:26 am (2.8m), Low1:00 pm (0.6m), High 9:11 pm (3.3m)
Current information: Active Pass currents: 6:53 am SBE (-0.00 knots); 10:36 am Max Ebb (-3.61 knots); 1:45 pm SBF (0.00 knots); 5:17 pm Max Flood (4.56 knots)
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 3: Waves to 3', breaking waves to 2'
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees (but see caveat in Narrative, above)
Currents: Level 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: Dealing with currents & potential turbulence in Active Pass while avoiding ferry traffic (travelling at 15 - 20 knots) makes this a solid Level 3 trip.
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon